Dev of the Week: Mark Needham
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- Neo4j 2.0: Labels, Indexes, and the Like
- Neo4j: A First Attempt at Retail Product Substitution
- Neo4j: Testing an Unmanaged Extension Using CommunityServerBuilder
Thanks for talking to us! What have you been working on lately?
You work for Neo Technology, which produces the NoSQL database Neo4j. What interests you about NoSQL, and do you think it has any limitations?
I like the way that NoSQL has encouraged people to spend time thinking about their data and how it should be stored. For the first few years I was working in technology we just stored everything in a relational DB because there was no other option. Working for Neo Technology I obviously love modeling data as graphs and it's the first way of modeling data that I found really fun to do rather than a chore. You can model almost anything as a graph once you've adapted to this way of viewing the world!
Are there any particular developer tools or resources you couldn't live without?
In the land of graphs I can't live without a tool called arrows which makes it really easy to sketch out ideas. And then I use snagit to capture it :D
Do you follow any blogs or Twitter feeds that you would recommend to developers?
I follow loads of feeds and then let prismatic tell me what I should be reading. I used to follow a bunch of RSS feeds but slowly I gave up on those and started relying on twitter instead. I'm following around 2,000 people so I have most subjects I'm interested in covered!
Did you have a coding first love -- a particular program, gadget, game, or language that set you on the path to life as a developer?Yes I wanted to create a football website and a friend of mine at school led me towards PHP and MySQL and I went from there. Before that I used to play football games on the computer all the time. First Sensible Soccer, then Championship Manager, now Pro Evolution Soccer. Slightly football obsessed.
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